Invention Engineering – A Method for Mining New Ideas and Inspiration Sources for Material-Minimised Carbon Reinforced Concrete Structures
The potential of the new construction material carbon reinforced concrete enables and requires fundamentally new approaches in construction and engineering design. Hence the central research question of the project is how traditional patterns of thinking can be erupted through creative methods and impulses particularly from the domain of fine arts. A distinct and structured process is to be developed, that supports engineers to discover transdisciplinary sources of inspiration from the fields of literature, fine arts, film or science-fiction in order to formulate radically new approaches for design, construction, and fabrication processes and rapidly generate and evaluate a plentitude of new novel ideas. Current approaches in the fields of creativity research, design research and art thinking, as well as algorithms for semantic retrieval and machine learning are utilized and translated into a new method of invention engineering in order to enable creative processes, structures and design methods.